It's fairly likely that nobody thought they'd see the day when the Minnesota legislature would tell teenage babysitters that they had to collect sales tax from their customers, then remit that sales tax to the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
It's likely that people didn't think they'd see the day when kids who shovelled snow in the winter or mowed lawns in the summer would have to collect sales tax from their customers, then remit that tax to the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
Thursday night, Commissioner Myron Frans testified that that's what would happen if Gov. Dayton's sales tax increase proposal is enacted as it's currently configured. Here's an exchange Commissioner Frans had with Rep. Kurt Zellers on the matter:
REP. ZELLERS: But if I pay him every month $20 or $100, is that going to be or is he going to have to start collecting sales tax and remitting it to the State of Minnesota?
COMMISSIONER FRANS: ...He probably would. If it was a monthly charge, then there likely would be a sales tax charge.
REP. ZELLERS: So then someone mowing my lawn, someone shovelling snow for me during the winter time or a babysitter?
COMMISSIONER FRANS: Those services would generally all be covered by the sales tax.
Last fall, the DFL campaigned on the requirement that "the rich aren't paying their fair share." Who knew that the DFL thought that teenagers who mowed lawns or shovelled snow for a few extra dollars were "the rich who aren't paying their fair share"?
Earlier Thursday night, we learned that Gov. Dayton didn't hesitate to use a teenage girl's tragedy to help sell his cigarette tax increase. Thanks to Rep. Zellers' questioning, people now know that teenagers who mow lawns, shovel snow or care for children would be subject to Gov. Dayton's sales tax increase.
Apparently, Gov. Dayton and the DFL never met a group of people they weren't willing to tax or exploit to raise taxes.
It doesn't get more disgusting than that.